Mattel is launching new, amazingly inspirational Barbie dolls honoring six astounding women who have led the fight against COVID-19, as well as the everyday heroes who have kept communities up and running. These six role models made a positive impact in their communities, inspiring current and future generations for years to come. We feel these would be a great gift for any young child to follow in their footsteps. I’m almost wishing we had role model Barbie dolls when I grew up.
The women are chosen globally, and include:
Amy O’Sullivan, RN (United States) — Emergency Room nurse Amy O’Sullivan treated the first COVID-19 patient in Brooklyn at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, became ill and was intubated, then a few weeks later returned to work to continue taking care of others.
Dr. Audrey Sue Cruz (United States) — Dr. Cruz, a frontline worker from Las Vegas, NV, during the pandemic, joined forces with other Asian-American physicians to fight racial bias and discrimination.
Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa (Canada)- A psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto, Canada, Dr. Oriuwa has advocated against systemic racism in healthcare, which has been further highlighted by the pandemic.
Professor Sarah Gilbert (United Kingdom) — As a professor of vaccinology, Professor Gilbert led the development of the University of Oxford vaccine in the U.K.
Dr. Jaqueline Goes de Jesus (Brazil) — As a biomedical researcher, Dr. Goes is credited for leading the sequencing of the genome of a COVID-19 variant in Brazil.
Dr. Kirby White (Australia) — A General Practitioner in Australia, Dr. White co-founded the Gowns for Doctors initiative — by developing a PPE gown that could be laundered and re-used, allowing frontline workers in Victoria, AU to continue seeing patients during the pandemic.
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